Crazy Busy

Apparently, they can.

(Get shorter, that is.)

This morning I’m trying to get a mailing out to doctors who might give support to the Protestant chaplaincy at City By the Sea Hospital. My office admin volunteer is here and putting labels on envelopes. I ran down the street to the postal sub-station to get stamps.

"May I help you?"

"Yes, please, I need forty Christmas stamps."

"I’m sorry, we don’t have any. Would you like some Chanukah stamps instead?"

Not that there’s anything wrong with Chanukah or Chanukah stamps, but it seems to me the letter asking for money to help bring the light of Christ to people’s bedsides probably ought to have, if not an explicitly Christmas-y image of Mary and the baby on the stamp, at least the neutrality of a snowflake, rather than a dreidel.

"No, thank you. What other stamps do you have?"

"We have Eid!"

Before they offered Kwanzaa, I said thank you and left. I guess this means I’m going to the downtown post office for the third day in a row.

What will get me there tomorrow, I wonder?

14 thoughts on “Apparently, they can.”

  1. hee hee …. I love it!
    They also make lovely “Quilts of Gee’s Bend” stamps that seem rather neutral.

  2. It’s probably written tongue-in-cheek, but I find this posting somewhat disturbing. In one way, I understand the desire to have Christmas-themed stamps on letters asking for support for a Christian ministry.
    On the other hand, Channukah and Eid stamps represent to me at least, an earnest attempt at acknowledging religious minorities in a country where Christianity is the state religion. Putting those stamps on (given they are available and the Christmas ones are not) strikes me more as a marvelous small interfaith gesture. I’d use them in a minute, were it me.

  3. PS: I’m a former postie, and if the US postal service runs like the Canadian, the smaller outlets get stamps sent to them without their input. All it takes is 2 or 3 customers with big mailings to clean out a substation of its comemorative (also seasonal) stamp supplies. The result, as you encountered it, is having plenty of low-demand stamps on hand and few or none of the high-demand. Obviously, someone with an equally large mailing got there before you did.
    In all probability, the supervising postmaster of the area is the one who underestimated the demand for Christmas stamps for the substations.

  4. pmp, I hear what you are saying but from what I have read about Songbird she is very inclusive. I think her decision here was the right one, even though I am guessing it bugged her too, because when you are fundraising sometimes you have to ‘play the game.’

  5. peter, the mail is not my personal mail, as you read above. My job is to try and keep a person employed in ministry at the hospital, and I am guided by marketing/fundraising/PR principles that have nothing to do with my own personal preferences. If we were the kind of Christian organization you seem to be implying we must be, I would have purchased the readily available American flag stamps.

  6. I am well satisfied as to your theology and outlook, having lurked and delurked here for some time. And I hear you, Songbird, but remained disturbed by the idea that someone’s job effectively hangs in the balance on a choice of postage stamps. I recognize the marketing/PR biz, etc, but it still strikes me as a bit extreme–unless that’s the culture in which you find yourself.

  7. I put super hero stamps on a job application this fall. I didn’t get the job. You’d think they would have understood the subliminal message.
    Hope you find the denominationally appropriate stamps. And don’t use super-hero. I’m just saying.

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